Documentary film | DE/BE/NL/GB 2016 | 49' | English OV with German, Turkish, Japanese, Greek subs

The body as archive is a documentary film based on research that considers ways in which the dancer's body can be regarded as archive. A few hypotheses are intended as a frame of its research; is the body of a dancer only a repository of forms of usage?

Dancers create, accumulate and carry knowledge - where is it stored and what do they explore through their practice? Is it possible to locate kinetic knowledge and understand its connection between subjective vision and objective realisation?


How do cultural and social contexts reflect in the body of a dancer?


The Body as Archive explores the role of dancer in the preservation of collective knowledge, it's transmission and it's accessibility.

Director                                                  Michael Maurissens

Written by                                              Michael Maurissens and Darko Dragičević

First Assistant Director                      Darko Dragičević

Director of Photography/Editor      Alexander Basile

Music composed by                             Gregor Schwellenbach

Produced by                                          CARRE BLANC PRODUCTIONS

Funded by                                              TANZFONDS ERBE - Kulturstiftung des Bundes

                                                                  Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


1st Assistant Camera                          Janosch Pugnaghi

Gaffer/Sound                                        Christian Schuermann

Boom operator                                     Simon den Hartog

Grading                                                  Jan-Peter Horns

Offline Editor                                        Jens Vetter

Catering                                                 Moritz Erian


Translation                                           Karoline Strys

Advisor                                                   Dr. Scott deLahunta


With the participation of                   Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker

                                                                 Allison Brown

                                                                 Prof. Patrick Haggard

                                                                 Fabrice Mazliah

                                                                 Jone San Martin

                                                                 Michael Schumacher

                                                                 Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund

                                                                 Prof. Wolf Singer

                                                                 Dr.-Ing. Michael Steinbusch

                                                                 Thomas Thorausch

                                                                 ldiko Toth

Drummer                                              Jonas Dometshauser